September 1, 2021

For Immediate Release:

Petersburg, VA — Delegate Lashrecse Aird (D – Petersburg) has released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow SB 8 (a near-complete ban on all abortions) to stand in Texas and what this decision means for the Commonwealth:

“What we are seeing in Texas is a heinous and cruel attack on the constitutionally protected right to safe and accessible abortion care. I stand with the advocates, providers, and patients in Texas and across the country who are navigating this worst-case scenario.”  

“Here in the Commonwealth, my Democratic colleagues and I are more committed than ever to protecting the reproductive rights of all Virginians. It’s critical that we prevent the nightmare we are seeing play out in Texas and in states across the country from happening here in Virginia.” 

“Make no mistake, this crisis is not just a ‘Texas problem’ — SB 8 is a blueprint and similar laws will absolutely be enacted here in the Commonwealth if we do not take decisive, collective action to prevent them. That means continuing to support advocates, expanding reproductive healthcare access for vulnerable communities, and most importantly it means we must all make our voices heard in November.”